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Review: This Is 40

I'm at a loss to empathize with the middle-aged plight of Pete (Paul Rudd) and Debbie (Leslie Mann), supporting players in Judd Apatow's Knocked Up , now front and center in the writer/director/producer's kinda-sorta sequel.

By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 21, 2012
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Review: Wanderlust

Paul Rudd and Jennifer Aniston star as an unemployed New York couple who, while on the road, chance upon a commune and decide to try the make-love-not-money lifestyle.
Goofy gags
By BETSY SHERMAN  |  March 02, 2012
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Review: Our Idiot Brother

Homeless and bounced from one sister's house to the next, will Ned and his simplicity serve as a touchstone of truth for these miserable women?
Jesse Peretz's obnoxious comedy
By PETER KEOUGH  |  August 26, 2011
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Love might be awarded at this year's Sundance Festival, but anger holds sway

When you step back from Sundance 2011 and its 110 films that hit the dozen screens over the 10 days ending January 30, what you come away with is the year of Angry Men.
Hope and fury
By HARLAN JACOBSON  |  February 04, 2011
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Review: How Do You Know

It's strange that James L. Brooks should take so long to make his movies, since he started out writing for TV shows like That Girl and My Mother the Car .
Where's the Brooks of Broadcast News ?
By BRETT MICHEL  |  December 17, 2010
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Review: Dinner for Schmucks

The difference between French and Hollywood filmmaking consists of more than just subtitles.
It's a bit half baked
By PETER KEOUGH  |  July 30, 2010


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Freaks, Geeks, and Faux Bono

As Bay Staters, we recognize that our European ancestors sure knew how to roll: scarlet letters, sticks up asses, if-she-drowns-she's-not-a-witch-if-she-floats-she's-a-witch-so-let's-kill-her legal applications.
Boston-area subcultures keep the Bay State comfortably kooky this summer
By ALEXIS HAUK  |  June 18, 2010
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Review: Year One

Mel Brooks and the lads from Monty Python stormed through this territory with fierce farce. Here there's little farce, just a fusillade of flaccid dick jokes.
Not everything Judd Apatow touches is gold.
By TOM MEEK  |  June 26, 2009

Judd Apatow and Friends

Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the ri
Judd Apatow, Seth Rogen, and Jonah Hill are questionable enough to begin with on their physical merits, but they make our list mainly because we're completely sick of getting inundated with their advertisements. Apatow gets bonus Unsexy points for the right-wing current bubbling beneath his films; and while James Franco, Paul Rudd, and Jason Segel seem like great dudes, they're unsexy by association.
By Boston Phoenix Staff  |  March 26, 2009
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Review: Monsters Vs. Aliens

Susan Murphy (voice of Reese Witherspoon) has it all: she's about to marry the love of her life and jet off to Paris.
A force to be reckoned with
By TOM MEEK  |  March 24, 2009
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Review: I Love You, Man

I Love You, Man starts up where He's Just Not into You left off, with some poor emasculated bastard being sacrificed to some clinging, needy, borderline psychotic bitch at the altar.
Paul Rudd and Jason Segel subvert stereotypes
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2009


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Interview: Paul Rudd

"With Lou Ferrigno there was also that element of excitement that I think we had with Rush."
His bromantic side
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 17, 2009
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Hope springs infernal

Given the current economic climate, spring this year is a season more of dread than of hope for change.
Brimstone and buddy movies are on the Hollywood agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  March 12, 2009
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Anti-depressant cinema

The screen offers relief from a world of woe
The screen offers relief from a world of woe
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 29, 2008
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Role Models

The movie, populated by improv/stand-up veterans in supporting roles, is more about its episodic parts than about the cinematic whole they yield.
A respectably quirky buddy flick
By PETER HYMAN  |  November 05, 2008
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Autumn peeves

With pundits already reading political significance into summer blockbusters like The Dark Knight (“Is Batman a stand-in for George Bush? Discuss.”), the meatier movies of fall arrive not a moment too soon.
Films with a full agenda
By PETER KEOUGH  |  September 08, 2008


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Forgetting Sarah Marshall

Judd Apatow gave the dick joke a shot of Viagra in Knocked Up and Superbad .
A limp comedic effort
By TOM MEEK  |  April 16, 2008
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Over Her Dead Body

TV stars Eva Longoria Parker and Lake Bell find life after TV in this beyond-the-grave rom-com.
No pulse
By TOM MEEK  |  January 30, 2008
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Primary concerns

The last thing people are looking for when they go to the movies is a reminder of the political crapola they are trying to escape.
2008 releases offer campaign reform
By PETER KEOUGH  |  December 28, 2007
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The Ten

Winona Ryder, for example, plays a newlywed who gets sexually liberated by a dummy (the wooden kind).
Hallelujah the hodgepodge
By TOM MEEK  |  August 01, 2007
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Mother of convention

Having laughed more at The 40-Year-Old Virgin than at any other film in 2005, I expected much the same from Judd Apatow’s Knocked Up .
Women get screwed in Knocked Up
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 30, 2007


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The girls of summer

It’s summer, so no one’s surprised at the onslaught of sequels, adaptations, or even movies based on toys. But films with Oscar-caliber women’s roles?
The season for blockbusters, sequels, and . . . great roles for women?
By PETER KEOUGH  |  May 18, 2007
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Political Movement

Jeff Silva and Alla Kovgan are the curators of the long-going Balagan Film Series at the Coolidge Corner, and also estimable cinéastes in their own right.
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By GERALD PEARY  |  April 24, 2007
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Reno 911!: Miami

It remains true to form by focusing on the little things, like thongs, of which there are more than in any other movie this year.
Unconstrained by the small screen
By BROOKE HOLGERSON  |  February 28, 2007
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The Oh in Ohio

Parker Posey is a self-described “unmeltable ice queen” and “ball of fear” in Billy Kent’s likable indie comedy that (though no one will believe it) is better than The 40-Year Old Virgin . Watch the trailer for The Oh in Ohio  (QuickTime)
Better than The 40-Year Old Virgin
By A.S. HAMRAH  |  August 02, 2006
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El Presidente

If there’s an extra hop in our step this week, it’s because we’re talking about Dan Hedaya, our top-tier, number-one, ultimate favorite character actor of all.
The career of Dan Hedaya
By RYAN STEWART  |  July 20, 2006


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The ultimate BROADCAST JOURNALIST movies

Judging from the handful of movies made on the subject, filmmakers have little apparent use for the television business.
Movies . . . one profession at a time
By RYAN STEWART  |  March 10, 2006
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Heat of the moment

There's a reason comedies are rarely over 110 minutes, and Virgin is a good example.
The 40-Year-Old Virgin plays with itself too much
By RYAN STEWART  |  January 19, 2006